“The average increase in health insurance premiums announced by OPM today means less take-home pay for federal workers, many of whom will also spend the first four months of 2021 paying double Social Security taxes because of the mandated deferral of those taxes this year.
Millions of uninsured Americans were already eligible for free (ie, no monthly premiums at all) health coverage for 2021, due in part to these larger premiums subsidies. 9 And millions of additional people are eligible for premium-free coverage in 2021 now that the American Rescue Plan has been enacted.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced Wednesday that federal workers and retirees will pay — on average — 4.9% more towards their share of Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) premiums in 2021. This change is slightly lower than the 2020 premium rate increase of 5.6%.
The 2021 plan data show premiums for the following rating scenarios: IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2021 prices here don’t reflect the lower costs an applicant may qualify for based on household size and income. Many people who apply will qualify for reduced costs through tax credits that are automatically applied to monthly premiums.